Montague pleased with first-day execution

first_imgChairman of the organising committee for the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletic Championships, Colleen Montague, says she was pleased with the execution of the first day of the five-day championships, currently taking place inside the National Stadium. Montague admitted some disappointment that spectators continue to shun the opening day of the championships despite the free admittance, but believes there are some positive signs as she looks forward to another successful staging of the event. “Things are going very well, everyone has carried out their part, it was an amazing effort on everyone’s part to ensure that everything was in place for today (yesterday),” Montague told The Gleaner. “We had some very minor hiccups, but we are pleased with where we are. “We know that each day is different. Tomorrow (today) brings another complexion because all the schools will be out, and by Friday, the spectators will all be out, so every day brings a different aspect to Champs, and we just take it day by day,” Montague added. “We take it year by year, and what we have been seeing on all of the days is a vast improvement over a few years ago. We are taking it step by step, and we are working with all of our stakeholders. In a few years we will see even more improvements on these days,” she said. The Wolmer’s Girls’ School principal was also disappointed that the demand for grandstand tickets could not be met, but reminded fans that there will be an opportunity to watch the event on big screen outside the National Stadium’s main gate on Saturday. “We are very unhappy that we are unable to satisfy the demands of so many persons who want to be here with us,” Montague said. “We will be having a screen outside for persons who come and aren’t able to get inside, they will be able to view it and experience it there.”last_img read more

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Relaxed Groves unfazed by Froch – trainer

first_imgGeorge Groves’ clash with local rival James DeGale was a bigger test of his nerve than this weekend’s world title fight, according to the Hammersmith man’s trainer Paddy Fitzpatrick.Groves, then 23, upset the odds by edging a close points decision against Olympic gold medallist DeGale in front of a sell-out crowd at the O2 Arena in May 2011.And Fitzpatrick believes that experience is partly why the unbeaten challenger is unfazed by being the underdog ahead of Saturday’s showdown with super-middleweight champion Carl Froch.“Here’s a dude who is very composed and very at peace with where he is,” Fitzpatrick told West London Sport.“He’s been on the big stage far before Carl Froch was in his career. In only his 12th fight he fought on pay-per-view [against DeGale] in front of 20,000 people.Groves is convinced he will overcome Froch.“And this fight is easier emotionally than that one. Then he had to fight a fellow Londoner from the same district, the same amateur gym.“Emotionally that is very testing and trying and he’s proven that he can keep it together.“Don’t forget out of 31 experts before that fight, 29 had him losing, so opinions don’t mean anything.“You can be in a room and when someone walks in you can pick a vibe up from them.“I think anyone around George at the moment would pick up the vibe of a man who is very much relaxed about where he is right now.“He’s already proved to himself that he is ready emotionally for this stage and he’s proved technically in all his fights that he’s ready. Now he’s got to show everyone.”Irishman Fitzpatrick stepped into the breach after it was announced in September that Groves was no longer being trained by Adam Booth.Fitzpatrick had previously been part of the Groves camp and was an obvious person for the former British champion to turn to.Booth’s absence has raised eyebrows ahead of his protege’s step up to fight a man with considerable top-level experience who is widely fancied to successfully defend his WBA and IBF belts.But Groves and his team point to weaknesses of Froch which were exposed in defeats against Andre Ward and Mikkel Kessler as well as a questionable points win against the slick Andre Dirrell and a last-gasp stoppage of a fading Jermain Taylor.“By nature we’re pretty much all sheep. You get one man in a crowd who nods and then they all nod,” Fitzpatrick added.“Carl has had two years now with Eddie Hearn where he’s been promoted wildly and he is a warrior – he’s top drawer.“So when you have somebody who is proven against somebody who is coming through, there will always be the question about whether he’s ready.“When the champion is a strong champion they usually say [about the challenger] that it’s too soon and he hasn’t done anything yet.“But you can’t have done it until you do it. Carl did it in his 24th fight, Joe Calzaghe in his 23rd, Andre Ward in his 19th and now George will do it in his 20th.”See also:Confident Groves squares up to Froch after final press conferenceHearn predicts Groves will go on the attackGroves: Froch is wrong, I’m ready for himFroch claims Groves will be ‘annihilated’Groves stays cool at tense weigh-inGroves reveals his plan to beat Froch in Saturday’s world title clashFroch v Groves: Live updatesGroves says Froch ‘has 48 hours to readjust’ after gameplan is revealedGroves’ trainer reveals he had reservations about fight 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Burnley v Brentford line-ups: Bees defender fit, new signing on bench, Burnley switch strikers

first_imgBrentford defender James Tarkowski will play at Burnley despite breaking his nose in the win at Bristol City last weekend.The Bees make one change, with summer signing Lasse Vibe making his first start. He replaces Andre Gray, who was signed by Burnley on the eve of the game but is not eligible to play.New signing Maxime Colin is among the substitutes.Burnley’s two alterations come up front, with Sam Vokes and Jelle Vossen dropped to the bench. Rouwen Hennings makes his first start since signing in the summer, and plays alongside Lukas Jutkiewicz replacing them.Burnley: Heaton; Darikwa, Duff, Keane, Mee; Boyd, Jones, Arfield, Kightly; Hennings, Jutkiewicz.Subs: Gilks, Ward, Anderson, Taylor, Vokes, Vossen, Sordell.Brentford: Button; McCormack, Dean, Tarkowski, Bidwell; Judge, Diagouraga, Kerschbaumer, Gogia; Hofmann, Vibe.Subs: Bonham, Barbet, Colin, O’Connell, Udumaga, Clarke, Senior.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Homemade VFX: Create and Film a DIY Meteor Strike

first_imgComputer-generated visual effects are useful, but they aren’t perfect for every shot. Learn how models and good cinematography can create great visuals.With a decent camera, some elbow grease, and ingenuity, you can create a wonderful photographic illusion. Take my word for it – I just built my first miniature, and I think the shot works well. Let’s take a look at how you can rely on models and solid filmmaking to get the effects you want — without relying completely on your computer. The inspiration for this occurred to me recently as I was looking through a book by L.B. Abbott called Special Effects – Wire, Tape and Rubber Band Style and saw a couple examples of in-camera effects shots. One was a “glass painting” and the other a “hanging miniature.” These were nifty “trick shot” techniques that filmmakers used prior to the advent of the optical printer. These shots involved creating composites with separate elements in post production.Image: Ted Withers working on a “glass painting.”A glass shot is an outdoor technique using a large pane of glass between the camera and the background — the glass serves as the painter’s “canvas.” Filmmakers align the glass with some topographical element that needs enhancement: a sky replacement, a distant city, or (in this case) an Italian villa.The Germans were especially adept at in-camera effects shots, Fritz Lang’s incredible Metropolis is a monumental photographic achievement. In addition to glass paintings and hanging miniatures, Metropolis made extensive use of the Schüfftan process, a technique that involves a front surface mirror placed at a 45-degree angle to the camera. The mirror reflects a miniature or a painting with an area scraped clean to reveal the live action. Pretty heady stuff for 1927.A hanging miniature is a model suspended between the camera and the background to pull off a big-time illusion without a big-time build. A hanging miniature gives the director more time in the day for the shot because the light and shadow will correspond to the live-action background.I’m building a hybrid hanging miniature. Instead of hanging it with the pick points out of the camera’s view, I’m mounting the lightweight miniature on a blue rod I can key out.The blue patches on the face of the miniature will allow the real roof to “print through” and help the blend. You’ll need to shoot the shot without the model first. You will use this clean shot later to fill in the blue patches and replace the mounting rod.My loadout for this project: LUMIX GH4, 25mm lens, f 14, ISO 800 = 96fpsI needed less than fifty dollars of craft supplies to construct this 1/16th scale (3/4″ to 12″) miniature.In the old days, this model would have hung from thin wires or adhered to a large pane of glass.Adding patina to the miniature. Finessing the miniature so that it blends with the background can be the most important and time-consuming part of the entire process.Here’s the finished product after three test shots and many rounds of supplemental degradation of the miniature. It started to look pretty good after the failed fire test almost destroyed the model.Mark Vargo, ASC started his career in VFX, with his first credit going to The Empire Strikes Back. He joined the team at ILM to work on the films Raiders of the Lost Ark, Dragonslayer, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and Return of the Jedi. He continued working in VFX, earning an Oscar nomination for his work on Ghostbusters.In the late 1990s and early 2000s, he shifted focus to working as a director of photography, leading the Second Unit on films like The Green Mile, The Patriot, 3:10 to Yuma, and Rise of the Planet of the Apes.last_img read more

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HIGHLIGHTS NORTHERN REGION AT 1725 HRS (R)

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 22 (PTI): Following are the top storiesNew Delhi, Jun 22 (PTI): Following are the top stories from the northern region at 1725 HRS:(Eds: Adding pix number in story slugged under DES3)DEL18 JK-ARMY-REINFORCEMENTAnantnag: Two additional Army battalions — about 2,000 men — start moving into four troubled South Kashmir districts, being described as the new “ground zero” because of increased militant activity, say officials.DES7 DOPT-CORRUPTIONNew Delhi: To cut delay, an online system to process corruption cases against government employees is launched here.DES8 HUA-HOUSES-APPROVALNew Delhi: The Centre approves the construction of 1.27 lakh more houses for urban poor under its affordable housing scheme with an investment of over Rs 6,500 crore.DES3 RAJ-HERITAGE-SMARTJaipur: Jaipur has fished out of its trove heritage buildings and is dusting off its fabled pink markets and stepwells to make them all squeaky clean for the second anniversary of the launch of the Centres smart city project. By Chirinjibi Thapa (Pics: PTI6_22_2017_000043B, PTI6_22_2017_000047B)NRG5 RAJ-ARREST-ACBSikar (Raj): A technical assistant of Jhunjhunu Power Corporation is arrested by anti-corruption bureau (ACB) sleuths for accepting bribe of Rs 14,000.DES2 NCM-PAKNew Delhi: Those who celebrated Pakistan teams victory in the recently concluded ICC Champions trophy final should go and live there, National Commission for Minorities (NCM) chairman Gairul Hasan Rizvi says.DES5 UP-RAPE-VIOLENCEAligarh: A six-year-old girl is raped and brutally murdered on the outskirts of the city, triggering outrage among locals who lynch the accused.NRG4 PB-CM-SPORTS-PROBEChandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh says a thorough probe will be conducted into the alleged irregularities in distribution of sports kits to youth clubs during the previous SAD-BJP rule.advertisementNRG7 PB-AMARINDER-LOANChandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh lashes out at the opposition for “twisting” the farm debt waiver issue and says the Rs 1,500 crore proposed in the budget is initial money provided to leverage more sum to be given for the debt waiver scheme in instalments.NRG3 PB-AAP-SUSPENDChandigarh: Main opposition Aam Aadmi Party and ally Lok Insaaf Party (LIP) MLAs are physically removed out of the Punjab assembly here by the Marshals after they create a ruckus.NRG6 PB-AMARINDER-OPPOSITIONChandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh lashes out at the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for disrupting the House proceedings, says the oppositions atrocious behaviour smacks of hooliganism. PTI KISlast_img read more

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IPL 2019: Rajasthan Royals crush Sunrisers Hyderabad to stay in playoffs hunt

first_imgRajasthan Royals went in without Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer but still managed to defeat IPL 2018 runners-up Sunrisers Hyderabad by 7 wickets in Jaipur on Saturday to stay in the hunt for a playoff berth in the 2019 Indian Premier League.Rajasthan Royals replaced Kolkata Knight Riders at No.6 in the 2019 IPL points table. RR now have 5 wins and 10 points from 12 matches this season. More importantly, the Royals are now tied on 10 points with Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab. SRH and KXIP are ranked higher at No.4 and No.5 respectively because of their superior net run rate.After a strong 78-run opening stand between Liam Livingstone and Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson paired up with skipper Steve Smith to secure a comfortable win for Rajasthan Royals.Chasing 161, Liam Livingstone, batting for the first time in the IPL, led the charge for Rajasthan Royals. He hit SRH leg-spinner Rashid Khan for 2 sixes in his 1st over to set the tone for the Royals chase. While Ajinkya Rahane looked solid at the other end, Liam Livingstone played some breathtaking shots.Rajasthan Roya,ls. even without Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer, bat deep. With Liam Livingstone looking dangerous every moment of his stay at the crease, the pressure was piling up on the Sunrisers. Rashid Khan eventually got Livingstone with a quicker delivery on off and the marauding opener edged it to Wriddhiman Saha behind the stumps.5 days ago, Ajinkya Rahane hit a scintillating hundred against Delhi Capitals at the same venue. He was looking good against Rajasthan Royals and with Sanju Samson at the other end, the Royals were a happy unit.advertisementBut in the 12th over, Rahane hit a Shakib al Hasan delivery straight to David Warner at log-off for 39. But by then, it was Rajasthan Royals’ match to lose when Steve Smith joined Sanju Samson in the middle.Earlier in the evening, Steve Smith won the toss and decided to bowl. Kane Williamson returned to lead Sunrisers Hyderabad after Jonny Bairstow left Sunrisers Hyderabad to report to duty for England as they begin their World Cup preparations.In the absence of Bairstow, Williamson walked out to open with David Warner but he perished to a googly from Shreyas Gopal. Manish Pandey, who came close to his 2nd IPL hundred against Chennai Super Kings 4 days ago, was in fine touch again and hit a second successive fifty and added 75 for the 2nd wicket with David Warner.Warner, who became the 1st batsman to go past 600 runs in the 2019 Indian Premeir League, was in line to score a record-breaking 6th fifty in a row in T20 cricket but he was spectacularly caught by Steve Smith after he a hit length ball from Oshane Thomas over exta cover.David Warner’s dismissal for 37 triggered a middle-order collapse. Manish Pandey became Shreyas Gopal’s 2nd victim before Varun Aaron and Jaydev Unadkat rattled the SRH lower-order with some quick wickets.Varun Aaron, Oshane Thomas, Shreyas Gopal and Jaydev Unadkat picked 2 wickets apiece but Unadkat was the pick of the bowlers with the best economy rate.Rashid Khan hit Varun Aaron for a 4 and a 6 off the last 2 balls of the innings to give SRH a fighting totalAlso Read | David Warner hits 600 runs in 3rd successive IPL seasonlast_img read more

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Hanjin Selling Terminal Operations at Port of Seattle

first_imgzoom As part of the agreement to sell its stake in Total Terminals International (TTI), the bankrupt South Korean carrier Hanjin Shipping is also shedding its operations in the port of Seattle.Namely, an affiliate of Geneva-based Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) will purchase Hanjin’s stake in Total Terminals International (TTI), the operator of Terminal 46 at the port of Seattle and the Californian port of Long Beach.The 54 percent share will be sold to MSC’s Luxembourg-based Terminal Investment Limited.“The terminal is leased until 2025. It’s hard to know what the long-term effects of this sale might be. We know the industry remains in flux as shipping lines shift their alliances,” a representative from Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA) said.Last week, the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners gave its approval for the deal, under which MSC will take over sole control of the long-term lease of the port’s largest terminal, the 381-acre Pier T container terminal.The deal also guarantees the accelerated installation of ship-to-shore cranes capable of handling the world’s biggest container ships, the port of Long Beach earlier said.MSC already holds the remaining 46 percent stake in Total Terminals International.After the deal received approval from the Seoul Central District Court, the South Korean bankruptcy court sought approval from U.S. authorities, including the relevant ports.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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